Now Offering In Person Classes at The Olympia Yoga Sanctuary!Nov 04, 2021
I am so glad to be able to begin to start teaching in person with a group of incredible, loving, conscious teachers here in Olympia, Washington!
Although this is new territory for me in so many ways - being in a new state, teaching with a mask on, requiring students be vaccinated based on medical consensus - I felt that I needed to teach after almost two years of sheltering-in-place. Closing the yoga studio in San Luis Obispo County seemed the right thing to do, because I simply could not stand the thought of policing the door, requiring proof of vaccination to enter, like a bouncer outside of a nightclub. My close friends know that I has traveled the world for years looking for a new community to call home. After visiting friends in Olympia this summer, thirty years in SLO felt like enough and I knew I would be welcomed in Olympia.
At the new Olympia Yoga Sanctuary, we will require proof of vaccination, masks at all times and physical distancing of six feet. We are a collective of about thirteen teachers, many of whom were a part of the YOGA Loft, Olympia's beloved studio that also closed during the pandemic. While visiting in July, I asked around and heard about the YOGA Loft, and began meditating on the people who ran it, hoping to connect and perhaps collaborate at some point.
In October, I heard about the new Sanctuary collective, which was gearing up to open on November 1, 2021. I immediately wanted to be a part of this because I could feel the depth of spirit in a video that was circulating as a part of their GoFundMe campaign. It is so similar to the cooperative that I had formed pre-pandemic and left behind in California. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the founder and successor of the YOGA Loft family were creating this collective! I have been welcomed warmly and with great love. Starting over in a new city just got easier.
I will be offering several events through the end of the year:
Yoga for Self-Regulation and Trauma Recovery on Mondays, 4pm - 5pm
Yoga for Anxiety and Depression Release on Mondays, 5:30pm - 7pm
The Big Relax: Yoga for Anxiety and Depression Release on Friday, November 12, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Awakening with Yoga Therapy: An Evening of Hope and Healing on Friday, December 10, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Please register here. Some of these will eventually be live-streamed so that you can connect from home.
We are still getting comfortable in this hundred-year old building, setting the thermostat and learning to teach in a new environment, so please be patient as we get up and running. I am also getting comfortable on the front side of a video camera!
Many thanks to Kristi, Mo, Lisa and the others who have offered immediate friendship. Please see our mission statement and our agreements as a collective of teachers dedicated to teaching, learning and growing in a changing world. It is very satisfying and gratifying to have words that I suggested used on the face of this endeavor.
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